In the last five games since we were demolished by Southampton 4-0 on the south coast, it’s been hard to fault our players, who have played their hearts out – and maybe we have lacked some skill and some class, but the effort has been there – and quite honestly that has been good to see.
Alan Pardew – we have spirit
If we can keep fighting our way out of the mess we are in at the moment, then that’s all to the good, but Newcastle must put plans together to strengthen the squad in January, because we didn’t do enough of that in the summer, and our squad at present is too weak.
And our first win of the season was never going to be pretty – we knew that – and Alan Pardew said after the game, there’s just too much tension with the players.
And Alan Shearer was right when he said last week that Saturday’s game was a game in which the result (and a win) was the only thing that mattered.
The lads delivered the goods on Saturday.
And it’s not like we expected what Bobby Robson and the team managed to do 15 years ago, when we played our eighth league game, and we didn’t have a win and we had only one solitary point – and then the lads utterly demolished Sheffield Wednesday 8-0.
We neither have the players nor the manager today that we had back in 1999 – when a certain Alan Shearer scored five in that game – and we were 5-0 up at half time and the lads were applauded off the field at the break.
Sir Bobby also proved his maths weren’t that great when he famously said after the game – ¨Well, we got nine and you can’t score more than that” 😀
This is what Alan Pardew said after Saturday’s game – most of which is true:
“We had a performance that encapsulated the spirit we had in the dressing room, the spirit we had to win.¨
“Sometimes it wasn’t pretty but we are playing under real high pressure at the moment, but we delivered it and very proud of the players.”
“On behalf of them I just want to say that was for the fans.” ¨I hope the fans understand.¨ “We know we have let them down with results and hopefully tonight they can have a very good night.¨
“I hope our fans understand that we are perhaps not as great as we should be but the confidence of a win will help us.”
We’re in a fight to stay in the Premier league this season, and the more wins we can get the better things will be, so we’ll just see how we can perform against the next two opponents in the league – Tottenham and Liverpool. 🙁
Liverpool didn’t look too great today against QPR, and the London side should have been able to take something out of the game that saw four goals scored after 87 minutes, but when you are struggling – nothing seems to go right for you – as QPR found out.
Next up for the lads is a good Tottenham Hotspur side a week today, and that will not be easy – although we did win last season’s encounter 1-0.
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